‘Life as we don’t know it’ discovery could prove existence of aliens; a press release we reported on last week, from those clever boys and girls at NASA, has sent the internet into a frenzy of doomsday theories, scientific enthusiasm bordering on hysteria, science fiction type speculation and wet dreams involving $billion research grants. The news NASA released into the public domain announced an “astrobiology finding” that could suggest alien life exists even on earth.
The discovery could prove the theory of “shadow” creatures which exist in tandem with our own and in hostile environments previously thought uninhabitable. So what were they suggesting they have proved the existence of? Lovecraftian monsters such as Amoeba Constabulae, the theoretical life forms that existed in plasma form before the universe started to solidify into stars and planets? Far fetched nonsense you might think but but if the specualtive theories of those clever boy scientists who spend a lot of our money on playing with their Large Hardon Provider at CERN are taken into consideration, completely feasible.
Well unfortunately for fans of Cthulhu the boy scientists have not discovered H.P. Lovecraft’s fantastic creatures that are said to exist in another dimension, not yet anyway. As we read the presser it does at first however seem quite exciting. The “life as we don’t know it” lives in one of the most hostile environments on earth, munches arsenic for lunch and could even survive on …………. wait for it …………… hostile planets. The scientists who discovered it also believe it could develop into intelligent creatures such as humans if and when conditions improve. It would be interesting if we could pin them down to a timescale on this. Arsenic eating bacteria are a long way behind Chimps on the evolutionary scale and chimps, which share 98% of their DNA with humans have shown little sign of developing human consciousness in the past five million years or so. (Come to think of it neither have NASA scientists – one of the things that distinguishes humans from both chimps and scientists is the ability to discern when an activity is not leading anywhere.
When chimps see a turd they pick it up, examine it, sniff it and discard it. A minute later they see another turd, pick it up, examine it, sniff it and so on. An intelligent being would think “it’s another turd, nothing interesting about that,” Scientists are the same, especially those who search for alien life. The SETI (search for extra terrestrial intelligence) laboratory in California have been monitoring the radiation from outer space that constantly bombards our planet for fifty years hoping for a message from ET. So far nothing, nada, zilch, yet every day they sit and watch their monitors and examine the data and continue to delude themselves they are doing something important. Well if spending taxpayers’ money on achieving eff all is important, I suppose they are.
One of the things that makes SETI so ridiculous is that the whole experiment relies on a notion that would do credit to the most fanatical religious zealot, that mathematics is a universal language and alien life forms will use mathematical formulae to contact us.
And how many alien life forms have the people at SETI been in touch with in order to arrive at this conclusion?
Mathematics is not a “universal language” it is a method or set of methods devised by humans to measure, map, calculate and understand things in our physical world, the world created by human consciousness. There is no reason at all beyond the collective arrogance of the science academy to suppose alien life forms, should they exist, would use anything remotely resembling the mathematical systems appropriate to the human mindset. The consciousness of conscious alien life forms could be entirely different to ours. And as Stephen Hawking recently cautioned we should think carefully about advertising our presence to an alien life form technologically advanced enough to communicate across distances of many hundreds of light years. They might not have invested a lot of time and energy in searching for inhabitable planets simply because they wished to engage in scientific debates with the primitive but possibly nutritious life forms that inhabit them.
Back to the bacteria that it was revealed in a press conference titled “astrobiology finding which will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. The microscopic creature has been found at the bottom of Mono Lake in California’s Yosemite National Park which is rich in arsenic, one of the most deadly toxins to most other known life forms.microbe that can live in an environment previously thought too poisonous to support life.
Somehow the bacteria uses the arsenic as a way of surviving and this ability raises the prospect that similar life could exist on other planets, which do not have our benevolent atmosphere.
Dr Lewis Dartnell, an astrobiologist at the Centre for Planetary Sciences in London, said: “If these organisms use arsenic in their metabolism, it demonstrates that there are other forms of life to those we knew of…they’re aliens, but aliens that share the same home as us.”
Astrobiologist? WTF? An astrobiologist would be someone who studies life in the stars. So even when we manage to break out of our solar syatem there is still a long way to go before Dr. Dartnell’s job has any work attached to it.
Well … erm … just one small issue with all that Lewis. If these bacteria live on the same planet as us and there is nothing to suggest they ever came from anywhere else in the universe anytime recently then by definition they are not aliens. Oh sorry, I’m not a scientist. What could I possibly know about anything?
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